(Prolog + LISP + Erlang) with integration issues versus C++

Serge Aleynikov <>
Thu Aug 25 12:55:26 CEST 2005


Dev Functional wrote:
> Is it a good idea to do AI programming in Erlang ?
> (eg. Neural Networks, Graph Traversal, Search Trees, Classifiers and
> Pattern Recognition)
> 
> If yes, then we will try to move our AI code from Prolog, LISP to Erlang.
> If not, what should be the alternative approach ?

I think it all depends on the size of your Neural Network (NN) and 
convergence time constraints.  If you have a small set of neurons, and 
are not restricted on how long a supervised training over a set of 
controlled templates should take, then it shouldn't matter which 
language is used.

However if the above-mentioned constraints matter, I suggest that you 
would use a combination of Erlang + C (or some other language suitable 
for high-performance arithmetic) to build a modular NN, where Erlang 
would be responsible for distributing computations over several 
computers, and a C-port program would be used to implement the algorithm 
of NN training for a subset of neurons.

Regards,

Serge



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